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Australian soap opera Neighbours wraps up filming after 37 years

Neighbours has shared a final photo of its cast and crew after filming wrapped on the last scene of the long-running Australian soap opera. The show’s executive producer revealed tears were shed on the final day of filming but feels its 37-year run is an “incredible achievement” that should be celebrated. The globally recognised soap opera first aired in 1985 and followed the lives of those living and working in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough. The executive producer, Jason Herbison, said: “We all knew this day was coming but until we were here in this moment when the very last scene was filmed, it was hard to express how we would all feel. “Of course, it is sad and tears were shed, but we’re also enormously proud. Thirty-seven years is an incredible achievement and that should be celebrated.

“We’ve also been incredibly touched by the response from our viewers all over the world. “Neighbours is more than a TV show to many people. They see us as part of the family and we feel privileged to have been invited into their homes, and I know the legacy of Neighbours will live on for many years.” Stefan Dennis, who has played the villainous Paul Robinson on and off throughout the show’s history, described the last day of filming as “a melancholy day” in an interview with the Australian breakfast programme Studio 10 on Friday. The actor said he “surprised himself” by becoming incredibly emotional while shooting the last scenes, admitting that he had to keep a “very low profile” in order to avoid becoming “an absolute mess”.

He also revealed that Diana, Princess of Wales and the Queen Mother had been big fans of Neighbours and would specifically request tapes from the BBC to catch up on episodes missed during royal engagements. The final episode, due to broadcast on 1 August, will see fan favourites from throughout the years return to the cul-de-sac community of Ramsay Street to bid the soap farewell. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, who starred as power couple Charlene Mitchell and Scott Robinson in the 1980s, were previously announced as returning to the show. Memento star Guy Pearce, who started his career playing Mike Young in the Australian soap, had also confirmed he was reprising his role after sharing photos reuniting with the cast and crew in recent days.

Joining them will be Peter O’Brien, who appeared in the show’s first episode as Shane Ramsay, as well as Ian Smith who played Harold Bishop, Mark Little who played Joe Mangel and Paul Keane who played Des Clarke. Among those returning from the 2000s era are Chris Milligan, who played Kyle Canning, Morgan Baker as Callum Rebecchi, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, who played Izzy Hoyland, and James Mason as Chris Pappas. Pippa Black, who played Elle Robinson, and her on-screen brother Jordan Patrick Smith, who played Andrew Robinson, will also return.

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